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Vintage Computer Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led by computer history hobbyists.

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Jim Willing — This Old Computer — Polymorphic 8813 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Jim opens a brand new in the box Polymorphic 8813 computer for the first time in front of an audience. Jim, our Official VCF Celebrity, is back to wow you with more amazing words of wisdom, incantations of innuendo and sentences of sarcasm. This year in two separate talks he takes on the topics of computer collecting and computer preservation: one is not exclusive of the other! Vintage...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Polymorphic 8813, unboxing
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Bob Brubaker — IBM 704 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 was held at Parkside Hall in San Jose, California on  September 30th and October 1st, 2000. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led by computer history hobbyists. Tapes digitized by Kevin Savetz (http://twitter.com/kevinSavetz) in September 2016.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Bob Brubaker, IBM 704
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Jim Willing — Introduction to Vintage Computers, How They Work, and What To Do When They Don't Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Saturday, October 2, 1999 Our admired and beloved VCF Celebrity, Jim will wax philosophic on various themes of stupendous relevance. This year, Jim will help the aspiring vintage computer collector restore their machines to operating condition with "Debugging for Dummies". Jim Willing will give you tips to help you revive ancient copies of your favorite...
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Christine Finn — "Ada's Things" Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Christine is an archaeologist. So how did her research lead her to vintage computing? Christine is currently studying the Silicon Valley and the effects it has had in bringing about a global transformation in the way we live. Her talk at the VCF is called "Ada's Things" which looks at ways that computing artifacts can help piece together computer history. Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 was...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, computing artifacts
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Liza Loop — Computers in Education Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Saturday, October 2, 1999 Liza heads up the LO*OP Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education through innovative thinking.  Liza introduced the first Apple into public schools in 1976 (in fact the first Apple 1, given to her by Steve Wozniak) and the world has never been the same since.  Liza will be bringing along the Apple 1 and other historic machines for show and tell. Vintage Computer Festival 3.0...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, LO*OP Center, computers in education
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Ed Kramer — Computer Graphics Technology Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Sunday, October 3, 1999 Ed has been creating computer graphics since the days when it was done using mainly analog video devices. Today he's a Sequence Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic doing computer generated graphics and special effects for such films as "Deep Impact", "The Mummy" and "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 was held at the Santa Clara...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Computer Graphics, computer graphics in movies
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Doug Salot — Simon Computer Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Sunday, October 3, 1999 Doug's research has uncovered what he believes to be the first "personal computer". Forget the Apple ][, the Altair or even the Alto. Doug's pick as first PC goes all the way back to the 1950's.  Designed by Edmund Berkeley, an unsung hero of computer history, Doug intends to win Berkeley the prominence and praise that he feels is much deserved by this virtually unknown computer visionary. Vintage...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Simon Computer, Edmund Berkeley
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Ray Holt — JOLT and the Synertek SYM-1 single-board computers Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Who really invented the first microprocessor?  Guess again.  This designer of the JOLT and the classic Synertek SYM-1 single-board computers will reveal why computer history may need to be re-written.  Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small portion of this talk is...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Synertek SYM-1, JOLT
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Raul Rojas — Konrad Zuse's Z1 and Z3 Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Raul will be discussing the architecture of German inventor Konrad Zuse's Z1 and Z3 machines, the first digital computers. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Tapes digitized by Kevin Savetz...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Konrad Zuse, Z1 computer, Z3 computer
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Philip Belben - Tektronix 4050 series Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Philip will be presenting a workshop on the pre-history of the graphics workstation.  This talk looks at one example of this earlier technology, the Tektronix 4050 series. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Tektronix 4050
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Manny Lemas — Synertek and the SYM-1 single-board computer Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Manny will discuss his pioneering work in the early days of the microcomputer revolution, including publication of the Microcomputer Digest, and his involvement with Synertek in designing and marketing the SYM-1 single-board computer. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. Vintage...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, SYM-1 single-board computer, Synertek
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Jim Willing — Care and Feeding of Classic Computers Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. A primer on the proper care and feeding of the computers in your collection, or how not to fry your new old toy. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Vintage Computer Federation...
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Jim Willing - Getting Real Computer Education Back Into Schools Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Are computers being used effectively in education today?  Jim will demonstrate ways in which you can put computers, including vintage computers, back to work in the classroom. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes....
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Gordon Bell — Digital Equipment Corporation Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. Mr. Bell is widely regarded for his pioneering work at Digital Equipment Corporation in the 1960's where he designed DEC's first Programmed Data Processor, the PDP-1.  This "father of the mini-computer" will be speaking about the history of the highly acclaimed PDP series. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Digital Equipment Corporation, PDP, computer history, PDP-1
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Panel Discussion — Why Do We Collect? Jim Willing, Bruce Lane, Marvin Johnston, Stephen Stone, Frank McConnell Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 A portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, collecting computers
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Stephen Stone - The Life and Times of Kaypro Computers Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Stephen Stone, Clinical Social Worker, is a psychotherapist, computer consultant and purveyor of palmtop computers. He was one of the original members of the Santa Barbara KayPro Users Group formed in 1983 and is a current member of the Santa Barbara Classic...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Kaypro computer
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Bruce Faust — Toshiba T1100 laptop computer Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. Bruce will tell you everything you want to know about the Toshiba T1100, the world's first "laptop" computer, including why the term we still use today to describe the current breed of portables has its humble roots in a sexy striptease. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Toshiba, Toshiba T1100, laptop computer, computer history
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David Rutland — National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. Mr. Rutland will describe the National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC) and will discuss his work under Harry D. Huskey to create the control unit for this little known but historically significant computer. The end of this presentation was not recorded due to technical issues. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, National Bureau of Standards Western Automatic Computer, SWAC, Harry D....
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Marvin Johnston - Santa Barbara and the Microcomputer Revolution Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 In the recording, the audio is very low for the first two minutes, then it is resolved. Marvin Johnston is currently a computer consultant in the Santa Barbara area. Prior to that he was president of Channel Island Circuits, Inc., a firm that specialized in the manufacture of fast turn-around and prototype printed circuit boards. While attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Santa Barbara, California, computer history
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Lee Felsenstein and Bob Marsh Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Industry legend and creator of the Sol-20 and Osborne 1 Short portions of this talk are missing due to changing cassette tapes. These have been marked with small beeps. Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Sol-20, Osborne 1, computer history
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Lincoln Spector Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Author of the popular computer humor column "Gigglebytes" and Contributing Editor to PC World Lincoln Spector was introduced to the computer industry in 1983, when he watched his first computer, an Osborne 1, drop in value from $1500 to $200 within weeks of buying it.  After that experience, there was no option left but to become a humorist. Gigglebytes made its debut in the August 12, 1986 issue of San...
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Kip Crosby — Computing in California: The First 50 Years Executive Director, Computer History Association of California Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Kip Crosby is the Executive Director of the Computer History Association of California, which he founded in 1993 to "preserve, organize, safeguard and display" the history of computing in the Golden State. Years ago on the East Coast, Kip reached college just in time to play Spacewar on a PDP-1, steal time on...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, California history
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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James Willing - Information Sharing for the Masses: The Beginning of the BBS Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 James Willing is currently a systems engineer for Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Prior to that he worked as a computer field service technician and programmer for 13 years in various companies. He got his start in the computer lab at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  His first paying job in computers was as the third employee of Byte Shop...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, BBS, bulletin board systems, computer history
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Sep 30, 2016 Vintage Computer Federation
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Edwin El-Kareh - How the Architecture of Vintage Electromechanical Computers Still Strongly Influences the Design of Today’s Computers Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 Edwin’s experience with computers began by falling asleep at night to the soothing sounds of a Teletype ASR-33 being used by his father in the living room of their house to run jobs on a GE 626 mainframe. The GE was the first timeshare computer and Edwin’s father could only get the large blocks of...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Electromechanical Computers
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Douglas Coward — Software Preservation: An Overview Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Doug Coward began programming in 1973 while attending college: "The fun part of programming in RPG was punching the 300 cards for the one program of the semester. Because no more than two people at a time were allowed in the computer room with the Univac main frame (because of body heat), we didn't get to see our programs run; we just received a print-out of the results. In our...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Software Preservation
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Bruce Lane - "The Care and Feeding of MicroVAXen" Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 The last few minutes were not recorded (presumably less than 10 minutes.) Bruce Lane has been working with electronics ever since he was old enough to start pulling things apart. His first exposure to computers was in 1978 and it didn't take him long to develop a passion for them. He is currently employed at Boeing's Information, Space & Defense Systems group as a Systems...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, DEC, VAX, MicroVax, Digital Equipment Corporation, MicroPDP, PDP
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Bill Fernandez - Apple Computer Employee #4 Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 Mr. Fernandez went to Homestead High School, class of '72 (same as Steve Jobs), and introduced Apple's two Steves (Jobs and Wozniak). He was the first employee they hired after incorporating Apple (employee #4) and started work in the garage. He worked for Apple during the development of the Apple I and Apple II, and was an early member of the Macintosh development team (his name is on the...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Apple Computer, Apple I, Apple II, Hypercard, QuickTime, Steve Jobs,...
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Sep 5, 2016 Bob Zeidman
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Bob Zeidman – Was Microsoft built from stolen goods?  A forensic analysis of DOS and CP/M. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West XI on August 6, 2016.
Topics: CP/M, MS-DOS, Microsoft, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival, Gary Kidall, Bill Gates
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Christine Finn – Motherboards and Mother Lodes: Evolving Archaeology of the Digital Age Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, archaeology, computer history
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Sep 5, 2016 Al Alcorn, Steve Russell, Don Woods
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Al Alcorn, Steve Russell, Don Woods — Early Computer Gaming panel Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: video game history, pong, colossal cave adventure, spacewar, space war, Atari, computer history
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Sep 5, 2016 Evan Koblentz
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Evan Koblentz – The Pre-History of Portable Computing Vintage Computer Festival West — August 6, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, mobile computing, computer history, portable computers
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Sep 5, 2016 Lee Felsenstein
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Lee Felsenstein — Why does vintage computing matter? Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, Vintage Computing
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Sep 4, 2016 Paul Laughton
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Paul Laughton — Mainframes to Micros and Beyond Vintage Computer Festival West — August 6, 2016
Topics: Paul Laughton, Vintage Computer Festival, Atari, Apple II, Apple DOS, Apple 2, computer history...
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Sep 4, 2016 Sellam Ismail
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Sellam Ismail — Computer History Shenanigans Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
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Sep 4, 2016 Bruce Damer
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Bruce Damer — Birth of the GUI Vintage Computer Festival — October 26, 2002 Bruce will discuss the major lineages and fascinating story behind the birth of the graphical user interface (GUI) and desktop metaphor, paradigms we are all very much locked into today. Starting with the work of Douglas Engelbart's team at SRI he will take you on a journey through the innovative "bean bag chair" days at Xerox PARC through to the Alto and Star 8010 and their successors, the Apple Lisa,...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, GUI, computer history, graphical user interface, digibarn, desktop...
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Sep 4, 2016 Frank Palazzolo
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Frank Palazzolo — Emulation of Vintage Computers Vintage Computer Festival — October 26, 2002 The pace of the digital revolution has a dark side. Vintage computers become rarer and harder to maintain every day. It is a sad fact that many folks will never get the chance to see a vintage computer, let alone interact with one. Luckily, the same digital technology allows us to re-create a lot of that experience exactly, through emulation.  With some programming background, access to the right...
Topics: Emulation of Vintage Computers, Vintage Computer Festival, emulation
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Sep 4, 2016 Hans Franke
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Hans Franke — XML Vintage Computer Festival — October 27, 2002 Hans will give a talk on how to use XML to archive data from old program disks, cassette tapes, etc.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, XML
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James Burgett — Alameda County Computer Resource Center Vintage Computer Festival — October 27, 2002 From an opportune dumpster dive in the early 1990s, James turned a scrounging habit into a multi-million dollar non-profit recycling venture that now eclipses any other operation west of the Mississippi.  Hear Mr. Burgett tell the story of how he created the Alameda County Computer Resource Center, and how the ACCRC has placed free computers on every continent on the planet (including...
Topics: Alameda County Computer Resource Center, Vintage Computer Festival, computer recycling
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Sep 4, 2016 Vintage Computer Festival
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Jeri Ellsworth — Commodore One Vintage Computer Festival — October 27, 2002 Jeri will discuss her Commodore One creation: an enhanced adaptation of the Commodore 64--the most sold of any computer model according to the Guiness book of World Records. While retaining almost all of the original's capabilities, the Commodore One adds modern features and capabilities and fills a sorely needed gap in the hobbyist computer market.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Commodore One, C64, Commodore 64, emulator, computer history
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Sep 4, 2016 John Toole
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John Toole, Computer History Museum Vintage Computer Festival — October 27, 2002
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Computer History Museum, computer history
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Sep 4, 2016 Sellam Ismail
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Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival — October 26, 2002
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Sep 4, 2016 Vintage Computer Festival
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A tour of the exhibits on display at Vintage Computer Festival 5.0 which was held October 26-27, 2002 in Mountain View, California.
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Sep 4, 2016 Zbigniew Stachniak
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Zbigniew Stachniak — MCM/70 microcomputer Vintage Computer Festival — October 26, 2002
Topics: MCM/70, Vintage Computer Festival
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Aug 31, 2016
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Sellam Ismail of Vintage Tech (and founder of Vintage Computer Festival) on an unknown radio program. 
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, VintageTech, Sellam Ismail
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Jan 10, 2016 Watts Humphrey
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MOBIDIC was a computer designed by Sylvania in 1956 for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, for which much of the engineering was performed at the Evans Signal Laboratory -- the same lab which now houses the VCF venue! The computer fit into the back of a truck and its design anticipated many later developments in computing and communications. Mr. Humphrey, working for Sylvania, wrote the original proposal and led the design of its logic. He then spent 27 years at IBM. A talk by Watts Humphrey at...
Topics: Watts Humphrey, MOBIDIC, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, Sylvania, U.S. Army...
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When John Mauchly designed the ENIAC with Pres Eckert, he wasn’t just helping the Army get a job done. He wanted that machine to use for his own scientific pursuits. I’ll tell the story of Mauchly’s lifelong pursuit of a “personal” computer starting with the ENIAC, weighing in at 30 tons, all the way to his beloved TRS-80. Along the way, we’ll have to straighten out some history, find out where the ENIAC is now, and recount some of the amusing and twisted tales from the era of...
Topics: Bill Mauchly, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, computer history, ENIAC, John Mauchly, Pres...
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Claude Kagan discusses his career in the early days of the computer industry with a focus on lessons for today. For example, his research in the 1950s found the "hanging chad" problem that happened in the 2000 election. After the lecture Claude will display -- for the first time ever -- J. Presper Eckert's 1942 engineering notebook. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 5.0 on September 13, 2008.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, Claude Kagan, J. Presper Eckert, Western Electric, Bell Labs,...
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Bell Labs developed the TRAnsistorized DIgital Computer, or TRADIC, in the 1950s. It was one of the earliest transistor computers. At first it was a special-purpose machine but it evolved into a general-purpose version. Ruth Lewart was one of its operators and shared her memories at the Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0 — May 14, 2011.
Topics: Ruth Lewart, TRADIC, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, TRAnsistorized Digital...
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Mike Agranoff is a folk singer and lyric poet. In 1987 he published a tribute to John "Captain Crunch" Draper in 2600 magazine. He performed this poem and other technical-themed works live for the VCF East audience on May 14, 2011.
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Topics: Captain Crunch, John Draper, phone phreaking, AT&T, hacking, computer history, Vintage Computer...
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Don Caselli wrote software and supported customers for the Monrobot XI computer from 1965 - 1972. He will discuss the machine, its software development, and customer applications. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0 on May 15, 2011.
Topics: Don Caselli, Vintage Computer Festival, Monrobot XI, minicomputer, mainframe, computer history, VCF...
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Jan 10, 2016 Joe LaViola and Al Rollin
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Joe LaViola and Al Rollin, as members of the Unisys Blue Bell Retirees Group, will discuss their experiences developing computers for this historic company in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0 — May 15, 2011.
Topics: Joe LaViola, Al Rollin, UNIVAC, Unisys, Unisys Blue Bell, computer history, mainframe computers,...
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Michael Holley did not invent a microprocessor chip or start a computer company, he was just fortunate enough to be an observer of and participant in the personal computer revolution. In January 1975 while visiting Cuba, he bought the Popular Electronics with the Altair 8800 on the cover. Computers were in his future. The talk will cover working at the Byte Shop in 1976-1977 and being a member of the Homebrew Computer Club and the Northwest Computer Society and the various characters he met at...
Topics: Michael Holley, SWTP, Homebrew Computer Club, Southwest Technical Products Corporation, Motorola...
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Jan 9, 2016 Vintage Computer Festival East
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VCF East 7.0 - Early Microcomputing in New Jersey & Beyond - Ahl, Amidon, Dilks, Moberg, Stein Panelists focus on their experiences as leaders of the microcomputer revolution in New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia. Panelists include David Ahl (editor of Creative Computing magazine), Roger Amidon (of Xitan / Technical Design Labs), Dick Moberg (founder of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society), John Dilks (Personal Computing Conference '76), and Larry Stein (owner of Computer Mart...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, Dave Ahl,...
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Dec 29, 2015 Ted Hurewitz
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Theodore Hurewitz discusses his time at RCA (Camden, N.J.) in the 1950s. He worked in the engineering group for the Bizmac vacuum tube computer and was on the design team for the 501 solid-state computer. A talk given on September 12, 2009 at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0.
Topics: RCA computers, Ted Hurewitz, Theodore Hurewitz, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival East,...
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Dec 29, 2015 Fred Carl
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Fred Carl, founder and executive director of the InfoAge Science Center, talks about new developments at the center, and information about the museum in general. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
Topics: Camp Evans, InfoAge Science Center, Vintage Computer Festival East, New Jersey
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Computer Development and the U.S. Army Evans Signal Laboratory The InfoAge Science Center, venue to the VCF East, was a secret U.S. Army Signal Corps laboratory from 1941 until the late 1990s. Its history in radar and satellite communications is thoroughly documented -- but "Camp Evans" as it was known also has a rich and unique history in computer development. In this talk you'll learn the story from the 1940s and 1950s. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September...
Topics: U.S. Army Evans Signal Laboratory, Camp Evans, Vintage Computer Festival East, computer history,...
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A presentation by Bill Degnan at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, homebrew computing, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, computer history
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Dec 29, 2015 8static
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8static Invades VCF! 8static is a monthly Philadelphia chip music event sponsored by The Hacktory. Each month 8static features live music and visuals provided by artists from around the world. These artists used repurposed classic computers and video game consoles to create their music and visual art. VCF will feature a live performance by four local artists in the chip music scene. Animal Style and Cheap Dinosaurs will provide the music while NO CARRIER and VBLANK provide the visuals. MARCH's...
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Vintage Computer Federation
Dec 28, 2015 David Ahl
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David Ahl, the founder and editor of Creative Computing magazine, returns to VCF East in 2009 to discuss blunders in the history of personal computing. Subjects will include DEC's declining to produce a PC until it was too late, Gary Kildall's ignoring IBM, Ziff-Davis proclaiming the home market had peaked out in 1985, Atari's death because of unwillingness to pay Apple a license fee, and much more. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
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Vintage Computer Federation
May 7, 2015 Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0
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Source: Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 Saturday, April 20, 2013 Carl Helmers is joined by Robert Tinney for some memories. BYTE magazine's first editor, Carl Helmers is joined by Robert Tinney, the artist who created the cover art for over 100 issues of BYTE Magazine. http://www.vintage.org/2013/southeast/session.php Transcript is at http://computingpioneers.com
Topics: Byte Magazine, Carl Helmers, Robert Tinney